Welcome to Wickhambrook

Wickhambrook W.I.

Wickhambrook Womens Institute

Ladies, now is the time to join your local W.I.

We have 41 very friendly members and our new programme runs from January to December and has something for all. Please do feel free to come along to any of our meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm and have a free taster of what we get up to. You can come twice as a visitor before deciding to join us. Hope to see you soon.

Latest Wickhambrook W.I. Events…

Wickhambrook W.I.

Wickhambrook Womens Institute

Wickhambrook W.I. was started in December 1926 and moved into its own hall in 1929. It is one of the few W.I.’s in the country that owns its hall. There are three hall Trustees

Mrs Joyce Draycott
Mrs Thelma Farrow
Mrs Deirdre Smith



The three main officers, i.e. President, Secretary and Treasurer serve for a maximum of 3 years.


Subscriptions are payable to the Treasurer each January and are fixed by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.



There is a Walking Club which meets every week and a monthly Reading Club. A Sewing Group meets weekly from March to November and makes items for the Christmas Fair.


There is also an excellent W.I. magazine, “W.I. Life”, a W.I. diary and calendar which can be ordered in Autumn.


Being a member of the W.I. means access to courses run by Denman College near Oxford, several of our members having taken advantage of these.



A W.I. newspaper is published each month. This contains news and events organised by Suffolk West Federation which has its office at 19 Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds.

Latest Wickhambrook W.I. news …

Talk on the Village Defibrillator

Perhaps you have observed the appearance of yellow boxes adorning the outside walls of village halls, schools, Post Offices, leisure centres or other public buildings over the past few months. One has attached itself to the Memorial Social Centre in Wickhambrook so the ladies of the W.I. decided to investigate this phenomenon further. To this end our guest at the July meeting was Martin Render from The Community Heartbeat Trust who let us in on the wonders of the yellow box...

W.I. Literary Lunch 2018

Those attending the annual 9th Literary lunch hosted by the ladies of the two Wickhambrook W.I. Reading Groups enjoyed a delicious buffet including some yummy home baked desserts in the company of author Rosy Thornton, author of Sandlands from East Suffolk...

W.I. Members Meeting 2018

The committee had a rest this month and several members organized and presented for the evening. After President for the night Deidre Smith had dealt with any business of the Institute, she along with Joyce Draycott, Angela Cross, Thelma Farrow, Wendy Mansfield, Jackie Merry and Veronica Ditchburn presented The House of Wickhambrook Wacky Designer Fashion Show...

Lackford Lakes visit

Twelve members and walking group friends spent an afternoon at Lackford Lakes Reserve in the company of Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Will Cranstoun. In February Will gave a talk at the WI meeting so this was a follow-up visit and was thoroughly enjoyed by all...

2018 W.I. AGM & Resolutions

Another year enjoyed, another A.G.M. and the return of Dorothy Anderson as Wickhambrook President after thanking and congratulating Hilary Bradfield on her last three successful years at the helm of the Institute...

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Gallery – W.I.

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Read our latest Newsletter here

New Members are VERY WELCOME

Meetings vary but are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm.

Committee meetings are on the first Tuesday and are held in committee members’ homes or in the hall.

The Committee, which is elected each November, is responsible for arranging meetings, outings and social events which are planned to be as varied and enjoyable as possible.

President Dorothy Anderson
01440 820376
Secretary Gillian Cooper
01440 820052
Booking Officer Jackie Fieldsend
01440 820108
For keys please call 01440 820108 or 01440 820376

One meeting a year is run by members.

Notices advertising speakers, etc. are displayed at various points in the village and on the hall noticeboard.

Our W.I. Hall

The hall is let out regularly and this provides some of the income for its upkeep. Current charges are £7/hour which includes kitchen facilities.

Wickhambrook W.I. Hall


Please note that there is no longer any coin meter for electricity – all usage of electricity is now included in hall rental charges.

In the winter months, before you leave the hall would you please.

Turn water off.
Turn stopcock off in cupboard to left of the back door.
Open all taps to drain water away.
Flush the toilet.

If there are any breakages or damage during your period of hire please report this to our Booking Manager, Jackie Fieldsend.

All tea towels and tablecloths will be washed by caretaker, please leave in a prominent position for her to find.

Please do not remove these after use as often they are not returned at a later date.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your continued support of the Hall.

W.I. Committee

A Short History of Wickhambrook W.I.

Wickhambrook W.I. 90th Celebration

The information about our W.I. has been sourced from the wisdom, memories and guidance of the members who have lived through almost the whole life of the Institute since its formation in 1926.

Wickhambrook W.I. has thrived from that day to this, providing a forum for women to meet, talk, create, argue, support and educate while enjoying themselves. Women from all walks of life contribute to the community spirit and can have a real influence on the policies of local and national governments but most of all we enjoy helping our village community and have each others friendship throughout a varied and busy year.


The changing face of the Women’s Institute nationally has been mirrored by our own Institute.

Originally meetings were held in the afternoons when less women went out to work, now it is rare to find a member who does not do or has not done a job at some point in their life giving us a wealth of knowledge and experience to tap into when necessary. Although things have changed in many ways the fundamental reason for the Institutes existence still remains that of support, friendship, education and information for all women.

Wickhambrook W.I. Walking Group
Wickhambrook W.I. Bedford Lodge Evening

The fun we have had along the way is evident in the Scrapbooks lovingly put together each year. In the past years the highlight was always the meeting held at “The Manor” the home of President Lady Briggs, who held this position for 21 years in all, quite some achievement. We still have Summer Garden Evenings there from time to time at the kind invitation of Mrs Gill Hanbury, her daughter and W.I. member of equally long standing.

Nowadays we have many excellent evenings but Carnival Day has to be the busiest when everyone helps serve teas, the profits from which enables us to maintain the W.I. Hall for the use of all village folk and beyond. We are one of the few Institutes with their own premises and a piece of the past that we want to keep so it’s worth the effort.

Another delight for members at meetings are the talks, demonstrations or visits included in last year as programme, you are never 100% sure how the evening is going to work out, we have had lots of surprises along the way from slightly tipsy speakers, absent ingredients for recipes, messy but challenging tries at different skills from hand bell ringing to line dancing. We are definitely not all Jam and Jerusalem at Wickhambrook although these to have their places at the W.I. too.

Wickhambrook W.I. Reading Group

Why not come along and join us and help make the next chapter in Wickhambrook W.I.’s history with us, you’ll be made very welcome.

Wickhambrook W.I.

W.I. Website

More information can be found out about the W.I. by visiting the Womens Institute website.

Next year’s diary is here! It contains useful WI and other information such as detailed calendars, metric conversion, plus additional pages for telephone numbers and memoranda.

The diary is £5.40 (inc. postage) and is available from our website: wishop.thewi.org.uk/shop2

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